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Japan firm unveils radiation-gauging smartphone

30 may 2012, 10:54
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Internet and mobile giant Softbank president Masayoshi Son introduces the smartphone featuring a nuclear radiation detector, "Pantone 5". ©AFP
Internet and mobile giant Softbank president Masayoshi Son introduces the smartphone featuring a nuclear radiation detector, "Pantone 5". ©AFP
Mobile phone operator Softbank on Tuesday unveiled a smartphone that can measure radiation as consumers in Japan clamour for reassurance following last year's Fukushima nuclear disaster, AFP reports.

The latest model in the firm's Pantone series comes complete with a sensor that enables users to see at the touch of a button how much radiation they are being exposed to.

The phone, which the company is putting on general sale from July, can also keep a record of exposure in every location the phone has been to, Softbank said in a statement, adding that it can detect gamma rays in a range of 0.05-9.99 microsieverts per hour.

Japan's top operator NTT DoCoMo at a tech fair last year showcased a smartphone with a changeable "jacket" that measures radiation levels. DoCoMo at that time said they were undecided on the product's commercial launch.

Many people in Japan remain concerned about radiation since the 9.0-magnitude quake and tsunami of March 2011 sparked the world's worst nuclear crisis in a generation at the Fukushima atomic plant.

Worries over the health implications of the radioactive leak have sent demand for radiation-measuring devices soaring in Japan.

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